If you’re in the market to remodel your Atlanta home, you’ll want to research current building trends and update your space accordingly. The 2011 International Builders’ Show is a great place to start seeking inspiration.
Houselogic, a website sponsored by the National Association of Realtors, recently summarized the hottest featured trends from IBS 2011. Orlando, FL hosted the show again, and it ran from Jan. 12 – 15.
“A survey of 2,000 consumers conducted by Better Homes and Gardens found that buyers don’t want any ‘wasted space’ in their next home. They are seeking more value for their dollar, said editorial director Jill Waage, who presented the study’s findings…Affordability remains a high priority as well as energy efficiency, which was ranked highest to 68% of the consumers polled,” says Houselogic’s Erica Christoffer.
In addition to practical storage space and energy efficiency, several other residential design trends are emerging in 2011:
- Outdoor living areas and entertainment spaces. Outdoor amenities such as grills, sinks and even showers ranked high in polls.
- Bathrooms with separate, free-standing tubs and showers.
- Open floor plans continue to be popular, but ceiling accents – such as molding, domes and medallions – are gaining favor.
- International design – especially Asian influenced.
- Earth tone color schemes.
- Organized, functional media space.
“The top – ranked living space features listed by consumers are a separate laundry room, additional storage space with walk in closets or build-ins, a home office or workspace, outdoor living areas, at least one bedroom with its own private bath, and everyday eating space in or close to the kitchen,” says Christoffer.
When working with your Atlanta contractor, be sure to ask about current building trends. While it’s important, of course, to remodel your home with your family’s needs in mind, it’s equally important to think about increasing the functionality and value of your home, as well as it’s future appeal to home buyers.
In conjunction with the National Association of Home Builders IBS, The New American Home is constructed. 2011 marked the 28th TNAH, and this year, it was constructed for specific owners.
“As NAHB’s official show home, it displays design trends, construction techniques, and materials that the building industry can use in any new or remodeled home…In keeping with increasing demand for energy- and resource – efficiency, TNAH 2011 is being built to attain ‘Emerald’ status of the National Green Building Standard…TNAH 2011 also will showcase the latest breakthroughs in green building and construction technology and will utilize a state – of – the – art energy efficiency package,” states the IBS website. You can catch a glimpse at this environmentally friendly dream house here.
To bring the 2011 design and building trends featured at the IBS and within TNAH to your home, contact Glazer Design and Construction at 404.683.9848 or Randy@GlazerConstruction.com.